His Supplication in Asking for the Best


O God,
          I ask from Thee the best in Thy knowledge,
          so bless Muhammad and his Household
                    and decree for me the best!


          Inspire us with knowledge to chose the best
          and make that a means to
                    being pleased with what Thou hast decreed for us
                    and submitting to what Thou hast decided!
          Banish from us the doubt of misgiving
                    and confirm us with the certainty of the sincere!


          Visit us not with incapacity
                    to know what Thou hast chosen, lest we
                              despise Thy measuring out,
                              dislike the place of Thy good pleasure,
                              and incline toward that which is
                                        further from good outcome
                                        and nearer to the opposite of well-being!


          Make us love what we dislike
                              in Thy decree
                    and make easy for us what we find difficult
                              in Thy decision!


          Inspire us to yield
                    to that which Thou bringest upon us by Thy will,
                    lest we
                              love the delay of what Thou hast hastened
                                        and the hastening of what Thou hast delayed,
                              dislike what Thou lovest,
                              and choose what Thou dislikest!


          Seal us with that which is most praised in outcome
                    and most generous in issue!
          Surely Thou givest generous gain,
                    bestowest the immense,
                    dost what Thou wilt,
                    and Thou art powerful over everything.142